George Strait officially canceled his concert at Notre Dame Stadium at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana due to undisclosed health concerns.
On Friday, university officials announced the cancellation. “With spectator safety the highest priority, a concert featuring country music star George Strait on Aug. 7 at Notre Dame Stadium has been canceled,” a message on the school’s website read.
In addition, the school’s statement added that they hope to schedule Strait’s performance for a future date. Fans who purchased tickets to the show, originally slated for Aug. 15, 2020, should receive a full refund.
The country legend also announced that he moved his scheduled stadium stop in Minneapolis at U.S. Bank Stadium from July 31, 2021, to Nov. 13. Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town are set to be Strait’s opening acts for the show.
Earlier this year, the “Check Yes or No” singer underwent knee replacement surgery. Before, he had a full tour scheduled that included multiple stadium shows.
“I had a knee replaced right before the quarantine,” George Strait told Billboard. “I had been planning that for a while. It went very well but I had to rehab on my own due to the obvious conditions. I’m ready to go again now though. All good.”
The 68-year-old Texas native added that he was having a rough time not playing live shows. “I took almost two years off after The Cowboy Rides Away Tour [which ended in 2014],” he said. “I did that on purpose.”
Adding, “I wasn’t ready for this, I was really enjoying playing again at a pace I could handle. To have this horrible thing come up and slap us all right in the face really sucks. I can’t wait to play with my band again in front of thousands of people. I’m addicted to that.”
George Strait Joins Matthew McConaughey for Virtual Benefit
His last performance was near the end of March when he participated in Matthew McConaughey’s “We’re Texas” virtual benefit concert. The event helped raise funds to help those affected by the disastrous Texas winter storms that caused massive power outages. George Strait, a proud Texas native, sang his 2008 hit “Troubadour.”
Through the virtual benefit, McConaughey and his wife raised money for multiple organizations, including the Austin Disaster Relief Network, Meals on Wheels Central Texas, The Salvation Army, Save the Children, St. Bernard Project, and Team Rubicon disaster relief.
Performers also included Don Henley, Los Lonely Boys, Lukas Nelson, Gary Clark Jr., Lyle Lovett, George Strait, Kacey Musgraves, Kelly Clarkson, Khalid, Kirk Franklin, Leon Bridges, Miranda Lambert, Parker McCollum, Post Malone, Randy Rogers, and Willie Nelson.